Rising coronavirus cases in other states means less testing at Denver’s free Pepsi Center testing site
The shortage means the site will cut back hours for free testing.
The city’s free testing site at the Pepsi Center will reopen on Wednesday with reduced hours after closing early on Tuesday due to a shortage of testing kits prompted by increases in COVID-19 cases in Arizona, Texas and Florida, according to a release from the city.
The release said the city’s testing partner, LabCorp, “is experiencing a shortage of testing kit availability nationwide,” which is impacting the number of testing kits available in Denver. Several states, including Colorado, are reporting increases in COVID-19 cases, with states like Florida reporting record number of single-day increases.
So starting tomorrow, the drive-up testing site at the Pepsi Center parking lot will reduce its operations from seven days to five days a week (Monday through Friday) and will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The site used to be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (gates would be closed after 4 p.m. to ensure everyone in line was accommodated). It will be closed this Friday and on Monday, which was previously scheduled due to the Fourth of July Holiday and a mandatory furlough for city employees.
Since opening on May 22, the site has completed more than 34,000 tests. It set a record number for a single day on Monday, when it completed 2,009 tests. The city has a 2.85 percent positive rate among tests at the site.
Denver had 6,993 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, according to data from Denver Public Health.